I dream of an £8.5bn European league: Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis proposes radical football shake-up – and qualification could be primarily based on advantage not like Super League
- Leicester City tackle Napoli of their first Europa League group sport this week
- Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has instructed Sportsmail his plans for football
- The Italian claims UEFA’s competitions don’t give groups sufficient cash
- De Laurentiis needs the dimensions of Europe’s elite home leagues lowered
As Napoli start their marketing campaign to win the second European trophy of their historical past at Leicester on Thursday evening, president Aurelio De Laurentiis has issued a stark warning to the continent’s prime golf equipment — change or be forgotten.
In an unique interview with Sportsmail, De Laurentiis — a distinguished movie producer who has owned Napoli for almost 20 years — revealed he’s engaged on a proposal that he says shall be value ‘€10billion (£8.5bn)’ to the European sport.
Though he disagreed with the proposal to launch a European Super League, De Laurentiis believes the attract of profitable the Champions League or Europa League is forcing golf equipment to spend past their means within the race to keep aggressive — and the prize cash doesn’t plug the gaps.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has instructed Sportsmail his plan to change football without end
The Italian claims UEFA’s competitions don’t give Europe’s groups sufficient cash to compete
That is why De Laurentiis needs a extra profitable pan-European league the place qualification is predicated on golf equipment’ performances, slightly than the formulation of the Super League, the place groups have been invited to compete no matter home efficiency.
‘The system does not work any extra,’ argues De Laurentiis. ‘The Champions and Europa League do not generate adequate revenue for the golf equipment to justify taking part in it.
‘To be aggressive, you want extra top-class gamers. That means you might have to spend more cash — and the prize cash from the European competitions does not account for that.
‘That is why the golf equipment want to communicate to one another to give you a extra trendy and profitable match for everybody in it.
De Laurentiis claims all the prime divisions throughout Europe want to be shriveled
‘We want to cut back the variety of video games by decreasing the dimensions of the highest divisions throughout Europe. Also, we create a European league with a democratic system of entry, primarily based on what groups obtain of their home competitions. I’ve examined a mission prepared to deliver €10bn to the European sport, however we want willingness and whole independence.’
De Laurentiis purchased Napoli in 2004 once they have been in monetary oblivion and enjoying within the third division. After former participant Diego Maradona died final 12 months, they renamed their stadium after him.
Napoli shortly returned to Serie A and whereas they haven’t gained the title since Maradona delivered two of them, they’ve constantly been among the best groups within the nation.
This season, they’ve claimed most factors from their first three matches, together with a 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday. They symbolize a stern check for Leicester and have Victor Osimhen and David Ospina cleared to play regardless of latest journeys to red-list nations.
De Laurentiis’ Napoli journey to Leicester on Thursday in a sensational run of type over in Italy
De Laurentiis is a large fan of English football — ‘we Italians should be taught from it’ – but he and homeowners concern younger persons are turning their backs on football.
‘If we do not change the principles of the sport and make it a greater spectacle, younger folks will abandon us and football will not be the central a part of our lives,’ warned De Laurentiis, 72. ‘My analysis tells me that folks between the ages of eight and 25 have stopped watching football and like enjoying with smartphones — they’ve completely reworked our youngsters.
‘I’m not saying that the behavior of watching reside football in a stadium will die, however now we have now the ‘digital stadium’, which may entice billions of individuals to play video games in opposition to one another.
‘Who is aware of if we are going to handle to get them again down the route of the best and most influential sport on this planet?’